You already know Macrina Bakery. Their SoDo cafe has a nice space that’s perfect for getting some work done, which is a real anomaly in this neighborhood unless you want to try getting a parking spot at the teeny Starbucks on 1st Ave S. Good luck with that. At lunch here, you’ll find sandwiches on their fresh bread, as well as salads and pasta. If you’re lucky, the cake samples will come out.
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Pho Cyclo Cafe
Pho Cyclo Cafe is a Vietnamese spot in SoDo that serves reliably good pho and banh mi.
Slice Box Pizza
Slice Box is a pizzeria in SoDo that serves great New York-style pies. Get the Sicilian pepperoni.
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Bing’s is a brunch staple in Madison Park. Whether you’re coming for a bachelorette party or a low-key breakfast, it will get the job done.
Bramling Cross is an excellent gastropub in Ballard where you could take your parents or a date.
Elliott’s Oyster House
There’s no doubt that Elliot’s Oyster House is fratty, but the excellent patio and quality seafood means it’s still a good place to hang downtown.
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Bakery Nouveau is an excellent Capitol Hill bakery we like most for the twice baked almond croissant and croque monsieur.
For breakfast on the go in Belltown, go for a breakfast sandwich at Dahlia (there are only four seats there). And couple coconut cream pie bites.
Cafe Hitchcock is an all-day coffee shop downtown serving sandwiches, salads, and grain bowls.
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